When we think skateboard soundtrack, bands like JFA and RKL still immediately spring to mind. Early on, the speed and rebellion of punk were the aural embodiment of the skaters’ innate disregard for life and limb. But recently, we saw a deck painted up with Marvin Gaye and that made sense, too — weaving through urban obstacles with the leonine grace of the Prince of Soul. Under the art direction of Ian Johnson, Western Edition has produced a number of jazz-inspired skateboards, including the Miles Davis Quintet. It’s not a huge leap. Jazz and skateboarding both require complexity, dexterity, and mastery, which naturally lends itself to improv, and perhaps collaboration. Enter... More >>>